PARALYMPIC gold medal-winning cyclist Janelle Lindsay is ready to share her expertise in strength and conditioning to the people of her home city Bathurst.
Lindsay won a gold and bronze in the 2004 Athens Paralympics as a pilot for visually impaired rider Lindy Hou, setting a world record in the 200m flying lap before achieving the tandem sprint victory – a record which stood up until this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Since her retirement from cycling two years later, the Order of Australia medallist has worked as a fitness trainer, pilates instructor and a cycling conditioning coach in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and the Philippines.
Now she’s ready to share the experience with Bathurst during both mums and bubs and strength and conditioning exercise classes.
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Lindsay, who has been back in Bathurst for the past two years after nearly 20 years away, said she’s motivated to help people in her home city keep active.
“I think setting goals is something simple which you can impart on anyone,” she said.
“If it’s a goal to get fitter, to run a 5km parkrun, to be able to swim a lap at the pool faster or lose a bit of weight these are all things that I can encourage people to do.”
Janelle has a young daughter herself, but it hasn’t stopped her from staying fit and looking after her health and wellness.
It was through her daughter that Lindsay forged the connection with Pollets and since then her family have enjoyed being a part of the dojo.
I think setting goals is something simple which you can impart on anyone.Janelle Lindsay
“My daughter saw a Pollets Martial Arts display at the Eglinton fete some time ago and she thought it was really impressive how many of the girls here were performing at a really high level,” she said.
“She wanted to come along and I’ve tagged along too. It got known that I teach pilates and it was suggested that I should teach some new exercise classes.
“You’ll see that mums and dads are training here with the kids. It’s all about families here so we want to encourage and mums who have kids to come along and give it a go.
“There is no doubt I understand the immense stress of being a busy mum. It is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about sharing these classes with the wider community.”
Pollets Martial Arts teacher Ian Pollet is excited to have Lindsay on his team.
“Janelle is extremely qualified to help people achieve their fitness goals. She is caring and supportive,” he said.
“Her classes will be a perfect opportunity for Mums to come along, get fit and have some fun.”